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Dept. of Social Welfare

"Cultivate warm-hearted social welfare workers"

The Department of Social Welfare educates students with respect to the values, knowledge, and technology of social welfare in order to cultivate social welfare workers equipped with theoretical knowledge and practical abilities. It also offers opportunities for students to advance into broader areas by providing courses for family health professionals and caregiving professionals. The department nurtures the warm-hearted social welfare workers needed in our society through a faculty consisting of leading social welfare experts. It offers various and rich content centered on practical work and a caregiving training program that is jointly operated with an international institution.

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Core Competence Standards in Social Work Education

Department of Social Welfare recognises core competences that reflect practice standards accepted in social work. The core competence standards apply to all competence processes that are set and followed by the Korean association of Social Workers and the International Federation of Social Workers. These competence standards are demonstrated by the social worker as they engage in professional relationships with individuals, families, groups and institutions with whom they work. We set up competency-based education which is an outcome performance approach to curriculum design. The social work values underpin the explicit and implicit curriculum and frame the profession's commitment to respect for all people and the quest for social and economic justice. The explicit curriculum achieves the program's competencies through an intentional design that includes the curriculum offered at the baccalaureate's levels. The BSW curriculum prepares its graduates for generalist practice through mastery of the core competencies.

Eight Core Competence Standards in Social Work Education of CUK

1. Competence to promote the principles of human rights and social justice
The social worker:

  • respects the right to privacy and confidentiality of any information provided in the course of the professional relationship;
  • creates an environment of respect and understanding;
  • promotes a commitment to global values: human rights, self-determination and social change;
  • seeks to understand others, works cooperatively and identifies strengths, opportunities and responsibilities when working with others.

2. Competence to promote social change
The social worker:

  • promotes and advocates the needs of social change to provide fairness for all;
  • challenges any form of discrimination;
  • reflects on social work practice with a view to enhance principles of human rights, social justice and social change.

3. Competence to promote empowerment and liberation of people
The social worker:

  • upholds and promotes the civil and legal rights;
  • challenges any form of discrimination;
  • works with conflict to generate positive outcomes;
  • facilitates problem-solving and development opportunities.

4. Competence to utilise social work practice approaches
The social worker

  • understands social work theories and incorporates these theories into practice;
  • utilises a range of social work practices;
  • demonstrates an ethical base for their practice which informs personal and professional boundaries;
  • maintains accurate and current records.

5. Competence to utilise theories of human behaviour and social systems
The social worker:

  • utilises appropriate theories of human behaviour and social cultural systems;
  • discharges statutory functions according to Korean law and meets their obligations to clients.

6. Competence to promote problem-solving in human relationships
The social worker:

  • uassists and advocates for individuals and groups with whom they work to gain control over their own circumstances;
  • communicates with individuals, communities, families and caregivers;
  • demonstrates flexibility and adaptability;
  • demonstrates awareness of their own bias and values.

7. Competence to use systems of accountability in place for their work
The social worker:

  • practises within the boundaries set by their skills, experience and knowledge levels;
  • recognises, and responds appropriately to, actual or potential conflicts of interest;
  • communicates clearly and accurately;
  • manages resources safely and effectively;
  • establishes and actively participates in systems of accountability in accordance with social work ethics and standards for professional practice;
  • engages with and utilises social work supervision;
  • engages in continuing professional development;
  • develops professional networks to enhance accountability.

8. Adherence to professional social work ethics
The social worker:

  • maintains professional integrity;
  • adheres to the Social Workers' Code of Conduct;
  • adheres to professional and workplace Code of Ethics.
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